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Part II: More snapshots from 2018’s 4th of July Parade

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Sysco St. Louis Maryland Plaza Central West End Association Busey Bank 4th of July Parade

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Sysco St. Louis Maryland Plaza Central West End Association Busey Bank 4th of July Parade

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Sysco St. Louis Maryland Plaza Central West End Association Busey Bank 4th of July Parade

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Sysco St. Louis Maryland Plaza Central West End Association Busey Bank 4th of July Parade

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Sysco St. Louis Maryland Plaza Central West End Association Busey Bank 4th of July Parade   Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Sysco St. Louis Maryland Plaza Central West End Association Busey Bank 4th of July Parade   Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Sysco St. Louis Maryland Plaza Central West End Association Busey Bank 4th of July Parade

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Sysco St. Louis Maryland Plaza Central West End Association Busey Bank 4th of July Parade

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Sysco St. Louis Maryland Plaza Central West End Association Busey Bank 4th of July Parade

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Sysco St. Louis Maryland Plaza Central West End Association Busey Bank 4th of July Parade

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Sysco St. Louis Maryland Plaza Central West End Association Busey Bank 4th of July Parade

The 4th of July Parade was brought to you by the Central West End Association, Busey Bank, and Sysco St. Louis. Thanks to (from right) Central West End Association President Kate Walter, middle, Executive Director Jess Campbell, and left, Liz Campbell, Jess’s mother who braved the blistering heat to roast an unending supply of hot dogs—provided by Sysco St. Louis—over an equally blistering-hot barbecue pit.

Thank you to the volunteers who contributed to the success of the event including Tim O’Connor who led the parade in his vintage red Mustang, and the Neighborhood Security Initiative’s Jim Whyte who along with some of the City’s Finest, helped keep traffic under control while parade-goers meandered along to Maryland Plaza.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Sysco St. Louis Maryland Plaza Central West End Association Busey Bank 4th of July Parade

Steamy or not, the CWE 4th of July tradition lives on

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Heather Navarro CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative Circus Kaput Central West End Association

Give or take a year, I believe this is the 38th Fourth of July Parade that has taken place in the Central West End. It started on Lenox Place as a simpler affair with approximately 50 neighbors of various ages following a fire truck around the block. There were popsicles and lemonade at parade’s end—and once there was a turtle race too.

Over the years the tradition has continued thanks to board members and volunteers from the Central West End Association. There are twice as many families participating now as in the early days, and Busey Bank has become a sponsor. This year as in recent years past, entertainment was provided by Circus Kaput, and at parade’s end there were balloon artists and face painters at the Maryland Plaza fountain decorating sweaty little faces. There was plenty of cold water and hot dogs for all.

In top photo from left Robyn LeBoeuf, Tony Martin (visiting from Louisiana), Dan and Dominic Boccabella. Dan is chief organizer of CWE Families & Friends’ activities these days.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Heather Navarro CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative Circus Kaput Central West End Association

The parade kicked off at 10 a.m. at the corner of Euclid and McPherson Avenues.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Heather Navarro CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative Circus Kaput Central West End Association

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Heather Navarro CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative Circus Kaput Central West End Association

One of the jugglers with Circus Kaput.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Heather Navarro CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative Circus Kaput Central West End Association

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Heather Navarro CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative Circus Kaput Central West End Association

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Heather Navarro CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative Circus Kaput Central West End Association

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Heather Navarro CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative Circus Kaput Central West End Association

Some of the neighborhood spectators who lined the parade route.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Heather Navarro CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative Circus Kaput Central West End Association

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Heather Navarro CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative Circus Kaput Central West End Association

28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro biked to the parade.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For Children  Heather Navarro CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative Circus Kaput Central West End Association

Jim Whyte, Executive Director of the CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative, with his daughter Janetta.

Next up: More photos from 2018 Fourth of July Parade.

This weekend: Amy Johnson at The Vino Gallery, Centro launches BluDot, & an Easter Egg Hunt at Kennedy Park

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Food and Drink For Children Shop News  Todd Lannom The Vino Gallery Kay Oss Elliot Head CWE Families and Friends Centro Central West End Blu Dot Amy Johnson Alex Head

There are several events happening in the neighborhood this weekend that might help you jump into a springtime frame of mind, in spite of the gloomy weather.

Amy Johnson, a former engineer who decided that designing clothing would be much more fun, is celebrating her 10th year in business as KayOss Designs. You’ll find her today and tomorrow from 1 to 7 p.m. at The Vino Gallery, 4701 McPherson Ave. After popping up in many CWE locations over the years she now has a permanent showroom at 4530 McPherson Ave., which will be open by appointment after tomorrow. Visit KayOssDesigns for more info.

Amy’s wearing what she says is her new favorite design, a black overlay, $149, which is “something you can throw on over anything all year long.” She’s holding KayOss knit pants, $149, made of viscose, a breathable natural fiber that’s comfortable during the summer months.

A painting by artist Elliot Head, the talented brother of Vino Gallery’s proprietor Alex Head hangs on the wall above.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Food and Drink For Children Shop News  Todd Lannom The Vino Gallery Kay Oss Elliot Head CWE Families and Friends Centro Central West End Blu Dot Amy Johnson Alex Head

A lovely hi-low “Joey” dress in viscose, $219, is named for a customer who kept asking for a wrap dress.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Food and Drink For Children Shop News  Todd Lannom The Vino Gallery Kay Oss Elliot Head CWE Families and Friends Centro Central West End Blu Dot Amy Johnson Alex Head

Hearts and love are a theme this season at KayOss—the “love” dress is $139. Love tees with reverse message ,$22.Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Food and Drink For Children Shop News  Todd Lannom The Vino Gallery Kay Oss Elliot Head CWE Families and Friends Centro Central West End Blu Dot Amy Johnson Alex Head

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Food and Drink For Children Shop News  Todd Lannom The Vino Gallery Kay Oss Elliot Head CWE Families and Friends Centro Central West End Blu Dot Amy Johnson Alex Head

Other choices include a vibrantly striped viscose dress, $169, and right, a sleeveless lined blue floral dress, $139. Other pant selections are shown on the rack above. All KayOss fabrics are sourced from Italy and France.

Amy Johnson’s KayOssDesigns at The Vino Gallery, 4501 McPherson Ave., today until 7 p.m., Saturday 1 to 7 p.m. Thereafter by appointment.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Food and Drink For Children Shop News  Todd Lannom The Vino Gallery Kay Oss Elliot Head CWE Families and Friends Centro Central West End Blu Dot Amy Johnson Alex Head

After receiving a press release (below) from Centro, I stopped in yesterday afternoon to check out the shop’s new furniture line, Blu Dot from Minneapolis. At the time Todd Lannom and the rest of the staff were putting finishing touches on the display. In lieu then of an actual photograph of the furniture, please view the photograph from the press release and then visit the shop at 4727 McPherson Ave. tomorrow between 10 and 6 to see Blu Dot for yourself.

Lannom hopes that the new more affordable line of furniture (sofas start at $2,000) will attract young apartment dwellers who have moved to the neighborhood following the construction of Citizen Park, The Milton, The Euclid, The Orion and Lofts at Euclid.

Here is the press release with all the details:

Join Centro Saturday, March 24, from 10 to 6 for the St. Louis debut of Blu Dot, an American brand of affordable modern furniture. Blu Dot was founded in 1998 by designers John Christakos, Maurice Blanks and Charlie Lazor, who built their business to support their design habit and to have control of the entire process, from product development all the way through to the customer experience. Everything that Blue Dot makes and sells was designed in their Minneapolis studio.

Enjoy a blue refreshment—blueberry-flavored Champagne and macarons from La Patisserie Chouquette—while you shop over 80 products in an area of Centro’s showroom that is dedicated to the Blu Dot brand. Enter to win a NEAT Lounge Chair in Thurmond Marine Blue fabric (view chair on website).

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Food and Drink For Children Shop News  Todd Lannom The Vino Gallery Kay Oss Elliot Head CWE Families and Friends Centro Central West End Blu Dot Amy Johnson Alex Head

And finally on Sunday afternoon, join CWE Families and Friends for the annual Easter Egg Hunt in Kennedy Park, one block east of Euclid on Washington. Everyone’s invited.

Have a wonderful weekend.